For the past month, several members of the Blanco FFA and Blanco Jr. FFA have exhibited steers at jackpot shows in New Braunfels, Floresville and Seguin. Overall, local steer feeders have done very well, with many other shows still to come before school gets started.
The New Braunfels River Round-Up marked the first show of the year for the Blanco FFA and proved to be a successful beginning for many of this year’s steer projects as well as the largest NBRR show to date with almost 300 steers. Leading the way for Blanco were James Leachman and Kelton Marek, as each would take home a belt buckle for winning champion honors in the Limousin and ABC breeds respectively. Asher Haack also did well, winning reserve champion of the Simbrah breed.
The following week saw a competitive show in Floresville at the Kick-Off Classic. Almost 200 head of cattle were exhibited, with Leachman and Katherine Biggs taking home reserve breed champion honors in the Polled Hereford and Red Angus divisions.
Finally, this past weekend, steer feeders from across the state traveled to Seguin for the annual Guadalupe Valley Pecan Classic. With almost 250 steers at this year’s show, Blanco exhibitors again did well, placing high in several classes as James Leachman brought home the highest honors by exhibiting the Champion Limousin and Reserve Champion Polled Hereford. Kolby Marek also did well, winning Reserve Champion with his Santa Gertrudis steer.
Other exhibitors placing high at New Braunfels, Floresville and Seguin included Carly Haack, Carlin Green, Hanna Garrett, Brenna Wallace, and Dylan Brattlof. With the beginning of school just around the corner, the local FFA chapter will have these and many other members exhibiting livestock at the upcoming Blanco County Fair in Johnson City as well as many of the surrounding county fairs in Fredericksburg, Boerne, Hondo and New Braunfels.